By James Ayles For Mailonline
Published: 23:43 GMT, 6 January 2020 | Updated: 23:44 GMT, 6 January 2020
Antonio Conte took aim at his critics and defended two-goal Romelu Lukaku after Inter Milan beat Napoli 3-1 to move to the top of Seri A.
Lukaku struck twice before Arkadiusz Milik halved the deficit, but Lautaro Martinez's second-half effort sealed the win - yet that did not stop pundit Fabio Capello labelling Inter a counter-attacking side.
Conte took exception to the analysis and also hit back at critics of Lukaku, a £74million signing from Manchester United last summer - who already has 14 goals in 18 games for his new club.
Antonio Conte delivered a defence of his side after earning a valuable 3-1 win against Napoli
Inter striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice in the first half in Naples on Monday night
'I heard people say Lukaku was a donkey… I heard all sorts not even that long ago! It's easy to speak highly of Lukaku now, but if we look back to a few weeks ago…
'I always said Romelu was a rough diamond that needed work to smooth him out. Lautaro Martinez is the same. These lads are 26 and 22 years old, they are still young.
'I wanted Romelu very strongly when I was at Chelsea, even back at Juventus. I wanted him, now I can get to work on polishing the diamond.'
Conte also rejected Capello's assessment of the display and insisted his